Dearest Family and Friends....
What an incredible year it has been for our family. The Lord has indeed blessed us in so many ways! Kevin still has his beard. It disappeared briefly for a few days, but the kids kept telling him he looked weird without it so he grew it back. Whew! Kevin's managed to stay just this side of skinny jeans on the hipster scale. He looks mature and rugged, yet just the right touch of relevant. We feel very blessed.
Michael is in 5th grade this year and wants a phone. I tried to explain how cell phones are actually the work of the devil himself. Is it any coincidence that both the fall of man in Genesis and the leader in personal technology involves an apple?? I think not. There was much eye-rolling about this and he has not been deterred. Michael also enjoys soccer, swimming and playing the piano. We feel very blessed.
Blake is in 4th grade and if you ask him what's new he'll tell you he shot his first deer! I thought it was gross, but he was so pleased so I didn't tell him how gross I thought it was. I'm working on an apology for his future wife because I think there are going to be a lot of hides and heads and deer guts in her future. I want her to know he is a wonderful young man even though he is so gross. He loves being outdoors and playing football and swimming. We feel very blessed.
Zachary just turned 8 and is never wrong. Never. I don't know what else to say about that. We feel very blessed.
Parker is in kindergarten this year and, despite all odds, is managing just fine without his mother in "all day, everyday school". His teacher taught him how to count to 100 so now he counts everything, including the minutes until he can see his mom again. He loves to buy his lunch from the cafeteria (everything comes wrapped in its own plastic bag) and marvels at the other students that fall out of their chairs and forget to raise their hands when talking. He played a bit of YMCA team soccer this fall when he was in the mood to. Did you know you don't have to run during soccer? Really...you can just sort of walk up and down the field and look at the ball from a distance. This was the strategy for many members of the team. We did not win a game. Still, we feel very blessed.
I continue to do as much online grocery shopping as I can and am thinking about learning the guitar and Spanish. Thinking about it. I am current on all of the episodes of British Baking Show on Netflix and sometimes exercise. I'm still the president of our elementary school PTO. I feel very convicted about volunteering and being a part of our community. This also allows me to see the kids during the middle of the day. Do you know what teachers LOVE? When you pop into their classrooms and give your kids a hug in the middle of instruction. To be a part of my kids' day at school.....I feel very blessed.
Most of all, we have God who loves us despite ourselves! We're looking forward to celebrating this season of His coming and we pray daily for the grace that will allow us to get through it! May His love fill your hearts and homes this season....and all seasons!
With love....the Long Family
Front Row, Pictured from Left to Right:
Zachary Long (counting the minutes until he can take his "church shirt" off)
Kelly & Kevin Long (still recovering from the previous day's argument over sandwich condiments)
Parker Long (about to be pinched by his big brother)
Back Row, Pictured from Right to Left:
Michael Long (about to be grounded for pinching his little brother)
Blake Long (just farted)